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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: capable of being sustained.
Sadly, their happiness in marriage was not sustainable once they took jobs in different cities.He claims that, without developing new fuels, our current way of life is not sustainable.
definition 2: of or related to a method of managing or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.
Sustainable farming generally involves crop rotation.
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adverb + (adj.)sustainable ecologically, economically, environmentally, politically, socially, truly
(adj.)sustainable + noun agriculture, alternative, approach, aquifer, balance, basis, biodiversity, building, community, consumption, council, crop, democracy, design, development, economy, ecosystem, ecotourism, energy, enterprise, farm, farmer, farming, fishery, fishing, forest, forestry, future, growth, harvest, harvesting, housing, improvement, initiative, institute, leadership, lifestyle, limit, livelihood, living, management, manner, outcome, pace, peace, planet, planning, poverty, practice, production, project, recovery, resource, scenario, seafood, society, solution, stability, strategy, technology, timber, tourism, transportation, use, yield  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivation: sustainability (adj.)
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The word sustainable contains the following part:
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable